Dwayne Johnson’s Production Company Producing Andy Kaufman Documentary

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Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions will be involved in a new documentary about the life of Andy Kaufman in partnership with the late star’s estate.

Late actor and WWE Hall of Famer Andy Kaufman made a splash in the world of professional wrestling when he declared himself the Intergender Wrestling Champion as part of his comedy act. While Vince McMahon and WWE were not interested in his antics, he eventually began a feud with Jerry Lawler in Memphis, leading to an iconic piledriver on the David Letterman Show. Kaufman sadly passed away in 1984.

The star’s antics have been chronicled a number of times, most famously in the 1999 film Man on the Moon, starring Jim Carrey as Kaufman. According to a new report from Deadline, a new project about his life and career is in the works. The new documentary is set to be directed by Clay Tweel and will be produced by Campfire Studios, Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions, Worldwide Pants Incorporated and Fifth Season.

The new documentary is to be produced in partnership with The Andy Kaufman Estate. Deadline reports:

“Boasting unprecedented and exclusive access to Kaufman’s family, as well as personal and never-before-seen archives and private recordings — provided by the Estate — and all Kaufman-related archival material from the estate of his longtime manager George Shapiro, it will track the creative process of a performance artist who operated at an undefinable frequency.”

Executive Producer Tyler Kaufman, who is the nephew of the late WWE Hall of Famer, spoke about his uncle’s contributions to the world of comedy and expressed excitement at highlighting his career on film, saying:

“My uncle Andy was a comic genius who continues to inspire artists around the world. There has never been anyone like him and there never will be. He delighted and provoked, and was just as comfortable creating anger and confusion as laughter.

“He made indelible impressions. His work is as vibrant today as ever, and we’re thrilled to join this filmmaking team in bringing viewers a very intimate and comprehensive look into his life and career.”